Tesla turns entirely to Apple and stops shipping cars with included chargers, which are now sold separately

Tesla changed its longstanding policy to connect every vehicle with a portable charging cable and instead began selling them separately for $400 for Level 2 charging and $275 for Level 1 charging.

This step reminds us of Apple removing the USB charging brick that came with the iPhone.

With charging being one of the biggest concerns for electric car buyers, it makes sense that Tesla would include a cell phone charging cable with every car sold.

The included charging kit has evolved over the years.

Tesla previously included a charging cable with a NEMA 14-50 connector (level 2) and a connector for a normal plug (level 1).

The automaker then decided to drop the NEMA 14-50 connector from the included package and only included a NEMA 5-15 adapter, which is a standard port. You can purchase the Level 2 connector separately.

With a maximum power output of 1.3 kW, the included connector enabled charging speeds of between 2 and 3 miles of range per hour. It’s not much, but it’s still better than nothing and good for an overnight charge.

For nothing better, Tesla owners will have to install a Level 2 charging station at home.

Today, Tesla has gone a step further and decided not to include a charging cable with its new vehicles.

CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla believes owner usage is too low to justify providing the cable with every new vehicle delivery:

“The usage stats were pretty low, so it seemed like a waste. On the (small) plus side, we will be including more plug adapters with our portable connector set. ”

The move is reminiscent of Apple’s decision to stop shipping new iPhones with USB charging bricks a few years ago, and the company also referred to the extravagance at the time.

However, the similarities ended there. Apple can count on the fact that most customers already own several USB/Lightning bricks, but that’s unlikely to be the case for Tesla buyers, especially those new to electric vehicles.

Also, even though most users don’t use mobile phone cables much, it can be extremely advantageous to stay in the car in the worst case or at the beginning of the ownership experience before you can install a base station. home charging.

To add to the concern, Tesla’s two cell phone connectors are listed as “unavailable” on its website:

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